A Valentine’s Day Prank

In 2009, a Texas woman named Jennifer Orr had a very unpleasant Valentine’s Day. She discovered that a former co-worker had placed a Craigslist ad in her name. It included pictures, her phone number, and an offer to have wonderful sex on Valentine’s Day. When the ad ran, she was bombarded with text messages and phone calls. The man who placed the phony ad was arrested on harassment charges.

You can read the story and the incident report at this link: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/whale-valentines-day-prank

The report is worth reading. Sentences are crisp, objective, and professional. There’s no police jargon. I couldn’t find a single passive-voice sentence.

Most important, the report thoroughly covers the details of this Valentine’s Day story. Well done! Here’s a sample:

Orr suspected only one person of placing the ad, and that is Sean Michael Kirkland W/M 04/24/87. Orr and Kirkland used to work together at Sears located in the Golden Triangle Mall and met around June of 2007. According to Orr, Kirkland made several attempts to date her while she worked at that store, and also periodically sends her text messages asking her to go out with him. Orr contacted Kirkland and asked him if he placed the ad, and according to her he admitted that he did.

It’s a pleasure to see such excellent writing.


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